Toyota to test bus system in Iwate

JIJI

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that it will begin testing an on-demand bus system in October in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, one of the cities severely damaged by the March 2011 tsunami.

In cooperation with Kamaishi, Toyota will provide a flexible bus service at the request of evacuees in the area who have been complaining of inadequate transportation infrastructure.

Using the municipal micro-bus fleet, the service will link temporary housing units in northern Kamaishi with the downtown area and offer its on-demand transportation management system to dispatch them on request to pick up and drop off passengers at desired locations and times.

It will also respond flexibly to changes in traffic as the city’s recovery progresses.

Fares will be ¥150, ¥250 and ¥350, depending on distance traveled and the testing will last through March 2015.